Story Recs: Things that Go Bump in the Night

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It’s Halloween and not a Hallow in sight! Pam is under strict instructions to leave the razor blades alone and very much away from the candied apples, Eric is rather fond of those teacup humans after all; all efforts to make her smile at said teacup humans, however, went pointedly unnoticed. So, if like Pam, you are stuck at home in the name of teacups and cavity-inducing nightmares, we here at The Directory have a spectacular array of stories in all sorts of exciting flavors to sample. Just remember to listen for that doorbell now and then!  😉

 

If the offerings below aren’t enough, we have to give a special shout out to the Queen of all things Halloween, Carroll E. Stewart, at the very least  check out her somewhat recently finished “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”!

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Story Recs: E&S Partners in (Solving) Crime

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From detectives and investigators to downright criminals, with a telepath and a Viking vampire Sheriff in mind, it’s no wonder that Eric and Sookie can take on many roles. Sometimes working together, sometimes playing off the other, yet always with such promising chemistry we can’t help but get embroiled. Regardless, the books’ origins as a mystery series leave ample opportunity to put our favorite couple together as a crime fighting duo. In the past, we reviewed Seastarr08’s “A Better Man” and Colliding Muse’s “Dodge & Chase,” both wonderful examples of the genre. Also, we can’t help but mention the story we’d most like to see finished someday that promises us all the delight of Eric and Sookie, murders, mystery, and crime is ALH1971’s “The Louisiana Vampire Murders.” In the meantime, enjoy our other favored picks of Eric and Sookie as partners in (solving) crime.

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Story Recs: Reluctantly Together

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While a lingering glance across the room may sometimes result in instant happiness for Eric and Sookie, sometimes it proves to be just the opposite. Whatever the circumstances, the dynamic can be quite intriguing between these two when forced to work together, mostly out of self-interest, while one or both can’t stand the other. Naturally, the animosity is worn down as a certain Telepath shows her charm and we can’t help but to forgive the Viking and his boorish ways. A firm favorite among our contributors is the rather epic “Not From Here” by RouxRoux that has, unfortunately, sat unfinished for quite some time, but unequivocally sets the standard for an Eric and Sookie lost in another dimension where vampires are kept as pets and Sookie finds herself elevated to a rather unique position. They soon end up working reluctantly together while failing miserably on their own. It is well worth the read if you can bear not knowing exactly how it will end, though contours of a HEA are somewhat visible. As always, enjoy our other reading suggestions! Continue reading

Story Recs: Kill Bill

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Need we say more, really? A good Bill is no Bill perhaps? A dead Bill? Even better… Undoubtedly the first thought most of us have is what would the world of Sookie Stackhouse have been like with Bill out of the picture. While it is often the narrative that marks the first foray of many fic writers with mixed results, there is something challenging and creative about just as many. We had a hard time narrowing it down (can you tell we really don’t like Bill), focusing on stories where his presence was either non-existent, swiftly dealt with, or simply a lost shadow with no physical presence. Though we like to pretend otherwise, it really didn’t come as much of a surprise that this line-up includes some of the best writers in the SVM/TB fanfic community.

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Story Recs: Redeemable Assholes

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There’s no denying it really, whether it was “True Blood” or the Southern Vampire Mysteries, at first meeting, Eric was a bit of an asshole. One that redeemed himself quite quickly or slowly, depending on your view, but a bit of an asshole, nonetheless. While that cockiness may be an attractive charm initially, it will only carry one so far, we never managed to get over Bill all that well, now did we? Some might be unredeemable for eternity, but there is nothing quite as satisfying as witnessing the change, the underlying motivations explored, and extrapolated to uncover a side we’d suspected was there, but never could be sure hidden underneath the animosity. For balance, don’t worry, we’re not just discussing Eric here, though he is an oft-utilised character for this narrative, Sookie can be just as bad, if not worse, while the inventiveness of a fanfic writer can equally turn her charm on a much despised character, allowing us to see them in a completely different light.

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Story Recs: Meant to Be

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Sometimes we just want to indulge in the, albeit predictable, narrative that our two favored protagonists are simply meant for one another with the assurance that no matter what obstacles may come or try to push them apart they’ll fight. Not only for their own survival, but, most importantly, for each other. Please indulge our swooning and enjoy some of our picks where, without a doubt, Sookie and Eric know they are simply meant to be…

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Story Recs: Dr. Who? Dr. Ludwig, Of Course!

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The little doctor, species still unknown, might be a tad abrasive and not much of a Fan of the Fang beyond their useful blood, but there’s no denying she’s an interesting character whenever she ‘pops’ into some of our favorite fanfics, her unapologetic demeanor often putting Pam to shame. While others might simply tolerate her for her healing skills, we readers can’t help but laugh with delight at her appearance and in doing so, she provides for an interesting insert, whether it be as Sookie’s mentor, a money greedy therapist, or the defining factor that brings together Eric and Sookie. Enjoy and be sure to let us know about your favorites with a special place for the one and only doctor!

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